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July 20th, 2010 · Print Print

My last food post had a whopping four recipes in it, and I’m rounding things out by posting the last two today — gorgeous tomato and mozzarella bites that you can see above and delicious zucchini and corn pastry cups!

I like to make sure that I serve some healthy options at parties — but it’s always a challenge to think of something healthy that will appeal to a wide group of people.  One of the things that New Balance suggested for their TrueBalance campaign was to consider how health and wellness can be a bigger part of our everyday lives.  And these tomato skewers were healthy *and* a complete success — they were the first thing I ran out of once our guests started arriving!

Now, some of you might be wondering what Chad got me for our anniversary.

And…

The answer is…

Well, let me back up a minute.  So, apparently, the traditional first anniversary gift is paper.  And while I’m a fan of pretty stationary and a great book or two, I wanted something a little bigger for our very first anniversary.  Fortunately, my fantastic in-laws offered an idea that Chad knew, in a heartbeat, was the perfect gift for me.

Tickets.

To the Emmy awards!

I can’t wait — we’re going out to Los Angeles at the end of August!  I’ll be taking about a zillion photos, and *of course* posting them all here, but for now there is one really big question on my mind:

What to wear?!?

Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Skewer Recipe

INGREDIENTS
1 pint pear tomatoes, cut in half
1/3 pound fresh mozzarella, cut into small wedges
24 small basil leaves, preferably large (some will be cut in half)
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tbsp good balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
Fancy wooden toothpicks

DIRECTIONS
Thread a half of one tomato onto a skewer, add a wedge of mozzarella and a basil leaf and finish with the other half of the tomato.  Repeat until the tomatoes are used up, and then set the completed skewers on a platter.  Drizzle with olive oil, sea salt and balsamic vinegar.

Corn and Zucchini Pastry Cup Recipe

INGREDIENTS

1 large zucchini
2 ears of corn, cut off the cob
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 sheets frozen puff pastry
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 cup shaved parmesan
Sea salt

DIRECTIONS

Roll puff pastry until thin and cut each sheet into 16 squares. Place each square in a mini muffin tin and shape into a small cup. Bake the puff pastry in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, and set aside to cool.

Boil the corn in a pot of water for about 5 minutes, until golden and tender.  Drain and set aside.

Heat olive oil in a small frying pan for a minute or two, until hot.  Toss the zucchini in garlic powder, parmesan and sea salt and saute in small batches to keep the pan hot.  Add the corn and mix until combined.

Spoon the corn mixture into the pastry cups and serve.


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14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Maddy // Jul 20, 2010 at 5:50 am

    What a great take on the “paper” theme!!  That’s an awesome anniversary gift!! I can only imagine how much fun you’ll have at the Emmy’s!

    BTW- all these recipes look divine!! I’m just unsure if I’d be able to stop eating once I started ;)

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  • 3 Kristen // Jul 20, 2010 at 6:52 am

    I certainly ate my fair share of the tomato, mozz and basil skewers.  They were my fav!

    So jealous of the Emmys.  Shouldn’t you bring along your super fabulous photographer? wink.

  • 4 Katherine // Jul 20, 2010 at 7:27 am

    I am responsible for you running out of the tbm skewers. Completely my fault. Well, I guess Kristin’s as well. I would have had more but I was already being rude. Loved them.

  • 5 Joanne // Jul 20, 2010 at 9:21 am

    OH MY GOD!  THE EMMY’S!  I need to find a husband that will take me to the Emmy’s.  I SO want to see pictures of the dress!

  • 6 Sarah // Jul 20, 2010 at 11:50 am

    these both look great but HOW COOL!!!!!!  can’t wait for the pictures!!!

  • 7 liz // Jul 20, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Congratulations! Looks like a lovely party. Your husband is a total gem.

  • 8 Sarah G // Jul 20, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Hello,

    I just found your blog and love it! I just watched this video and was thinking how jealous I was of your kitchen, then went and watched the corn, zucchini and blue cheese salad and realized (it was from 2008 and) that you must have moved because that kitchen was tiny. Anyway, I love your new kitchen! Just fabulous!

  • 9 Jessica // Jul 20, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Beautiful photos. It looks like everyone had such a great time, especially you with the camera!

  • 10 Jammer // Jul 22, 2010 at 8:27 am

    Umm WOW!  You are quite the hostess!  Those little skewers look sooo good!

    Be sure to check out my first giveaway over at my blog! :)

  • 11 anony // Jul 22, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    totally curious how he got the tix! congrats!

  • 12 admin // Jul 23, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Anon — Through a family friend who’s a writer for a network show!

  • 13 ala // Aug 2, 2010 at 3:15 am

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  • 14 Tina // Jan 16, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Oh, I used your tomatoe mozzarella skewers recipe last night for a last minute potluck invite! It was a great, easy recipe to throw together on short notice. They went over SO great! Just like in your experience, the skewers were the first dish to go. Moreover, every person who ate one exclaimed a variation of “this is sooo good!”.

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